Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter
Issue #85, August 12, 2016
Featuring content from and supporting:
"Because truckers know that no trucker deserves to be stung
- We provide real world tips that help professional truck drivers save
hard-earned money and personal reporting about products and services for
use on the road.
- We've developed our unique website as a place to share the tips we have
learned through the years -- and where other professional drivers can do
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- With This Issue, We Begin...
... our 8th year of publishing Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter!
We couldn't have done it without you, our loyal readers!
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Saving-Tips.com a clearinghouse of how truckers around the world save money.
- It's Coming!
We've got some special content coming to Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com, so be watching for it.
- Truckers Savings App
We mentioned some time back that the vendor through whom we had first published the Truckers Savings App was not ensuring that certain functionality within the app was working as it should.
We did what we could, but in the end, we were forced to let that year-long contract run out, rename the app and "unpublish" it on the Google Play Store. (We request that you uninstall the old app from your Smartphone.)
We are pleased that we have found a new vendor and will soon be publishing Truckers Savings App afresh. Hurray!
- Facebook Live Broadcasts
On July 15, Vicki started conducting Facebook Live broadcasts through the TruckDriversMoneySavingTips Facebook fan page.
We very much look forward to connecting with you via live streaming video and helping you to save money on the road.
See the list of many broadcasts that have been recorded below.
- New Format
You may have noticed from the Table of Contents above that we've reformatted a few things as of this email newsletter.
One big change is the combination of the old "Reviews", "Questions" and "Articles and Other Media" sections under "Media".
We have listed the media in reverse chronological order of publication on our RSS news feed, but we've identified each type of entry.
We hope you like this new format.
According to an August 11, 2016 article, "a truck driver from Apison in Hamilton County, Tennessee is facing charges after causing a wreck".
When we read statements like this, we always want to know the cause.
The trucker's "9-year-old daughter was with him in the vehicle" at the time of the crash and photos of the wreckage show the girl's toys.
Quoting the article,
- odor was coming from the driver,
- "[he] admitted that he had been drinking", and
- "different field sobriety tests ... given to him ... showed ... he was impaired".
No one should ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle -- especially a commercial motor vehicle -- to drive after drinking alcohol.
Alcohol must have time to pass through the body so that that the "blood alcohol content"
(or "blood alcohol concentration") is below the legal limit in the country where you're driving. (In the United States, "It is illegal to have any measurable alcohol in the blood while driving".)
Neither the trucker nor the child were injured as a result of this crash, but "it could have been a tragedy".
Nevertheless, numerous costs were involved (and may be ongoing), including:
- Damage to the truck/trailer unit;
- The trucker's daughter being taken into custody with Social Services;
- The road being closed until the wreck was cleared; and
- Damage to the trucker's driving career.
Don't drink alcohol and drive!
On July 15, Vicki Simons began conducting daily Facebook Live broadcasts in keeping with a 90-day commitment to sharing valuable content about how professional truck drivers can save time and money.
Twice, her husband Mike has shared his wisdom and, twice, "Timmy Poor Pockets" -- who represents truckers who have been keeping themselves poor -- has shared, too.
To interact with us during our Facebook Live broadcasts, you need to:
1. "Like" our TruckDriversMoneySavingTips page; and
2. Turn on notifications.
With rare exceptions, we have made these broadcasts at 9 p.m. ET and plan to continue doing so unless there is overwhelming support for a different time frame.
For readers who cannot access these videos on Facebook, we plan to save the main points of each
broadcast in a video to be uploaded to YouTube. No time frame for this work has been set.
Here is the list of the broadcasts from July 15 - August 10:
- Jul 15, 2016: "Feeling Fabulous Friday"
One simple but extremely important thing that professional truck drivers need to do to keep feeling fabulous.
- Jul 16, 2016: "Savvy Saturday"
One OTR truck packing list item that Vicki considers essential and which can save you time and money.
- Jul 17, 2016: "Special Sunday"
Tips about how truckers who go on the road can keep one very important relationship strong.
- Jul 18, 2016: "Motivated Monday" (Mike Simons)
One important mindset that some truckers need to adopt that can save them time and money.
- Jul 19, 2016: "Technology Tuesday"
One piece of equipment that opened up the world of meal preparation for her and Mike in their trucks and
helped them save time and money.
- Jul 20, 2016: "Leadership Wednesday"
If you're thinking of potentially becoming a truck driver, check out some time and money saving tips. Be prepared to answer some questions.
- Jul 21, 2016: "Thoughtful Thursday"
One giant tip to help truckers understand their spending habits so they can set up a workable budget.
- Jul 22, 2016: "Feeling Fabulous Friday"
Physical exercises that regional and long haul truckers can do from the comfort of their trucks.
- Jul 23, 2016: "Savvy Saturday"
Meal planning basics for local, regional and long haul truckers.
- Jul 24, 2016: "Special Sunday"
Tips about truckers' relationships with their driver managers.
- Jul 25, 2016: "Motivated Monday"
Tips about trip planning and why professional truck drivers should write it out.
- Jul 26, 2016: "Technology Tuesday"
Tips about using the cruise control feature in a commercial motor vehicle.
- Jul 27, 2016: "Leadership Wednesday"
Tips about what to look for and avoid before changing trucking companies.
- Jul 28, 2016: "Thoughtful Thursday"
"Timmy Poor Pockets" talks about budgeting...
- Jul 29, 2016: "Feeling Fabulous Friday"
GIGO and the food that truckers eat.
- Jul 30, 2016: "Savvy Saturday"
A packing list item that can help regional and long haul truckers save time and money.
- Jul 31, 2016: "Special Sunday" (Mike Simons)
Tips to save you time and money when it comes to dealing with shippers, receivers and dock workers.
- Aug 1, 2016: "Motivated Monday"
Truckers earning a safety bonus.
- Aug 2, 2016: "Technology Tuesday"
Answering a question about tools used to check truck tires.
- Aug 3, 2016: "Leadership Wednesday"
Tips about how to evaluate truck driver training schools.
- Aug 4, 2016: "Thoughtful Thursday"
Thoughts about professional truck drivers and cash advances.
- Aug 5, 2016: "Feeling Fabulous Friday"
Tips that can be used by everyone, but especially professional truck drivers who sleep in their trucks and may park in different places for each rest break.
- Aug 6, 2016: "Savvy Saturday"
Info about crock pots that professional truck drivers can use to cook food in their trucks to save money compared to eating at least some restaurant meals.
- Aug 7, 2016: 'Special Sunday'
Although controversial, Vicki will share her perspective on what the professional truck driver in the right lane *could* have done to potentially avoid being involved in the wreck captured in this dash cam video.
- Aug 8, 2016: "Motivated Monday"
Asking truckers a question about their futures.
- Aug 9, 2016: "Technology Tuesday"
A list of the tools that Vicki and Mike consider necessary for every regional and long haul trucker to carry in-truck.
- Aug 10, 2016: "Leadership Wednesday"
A quote to inspire you to take action on a budget if you don't have one or to set new goals for yourself.
you don't make a minimum purchase but use TA-Petro's 'Reserve-It!'
and park longer than 2 hours -- who pays for your truck parking: your
you or someone else?
the most expensive fine that you have ever paid for out-of-adjustment
during CVSA's Brake Safety Week? Will you be ready for the next one
truckers seen a commensurate improvement in the condition of the
Turnpike in exchange for the 8 -- and
soon to be 9 -- consecutive years
your savings rate better than 'nearly half of Americans [who] wouldn't
to cover a $400 emergency'?
comment on our budgeting
from article: "...according to a 2015 Federal Reserve report,
nearly half of Americans wouldn't be able to cover a $400 emergency.
third of Americans don't have a single dollar of retirement savings,
a dash cam in this lorry driver's cab, couldn't the claim for who was
have been different?
share your thoughts on
have a video of a trucker siphoning gas from a company truck and
into his personal truck, what steps can i take in reporting him? -----
Apps: Money Saving Smartphone Applications for Truckers
you a money-conscious and technologically-savvy professional truck
having a set of money saving trucker apps may interest you...
Accessories We Recommend to Help You Save Money
experiences have taught which trucker accessories helped us save money
road. We recommend our picks for Christmas gifts or any time.
they say are open and operating are not. Benson az....inoperable, the
site. Now they are ** down idle air in salt lake. The site in
have no power from the truck to the pigtail can you
please help me to
power from truck to pigtail y ----- Response from Mike and Vicki:
asking a question through our site. We wrote a page entitled Trailer
stove to go
am an OTR driver and purchased the Burton digital stove to go from
only had it a few days now. I have cooked BBQ chicken drummettes,
Board Overcomes the 'No Freight' Layover Problem
been told that there is 'no freight'? You may need a high quality load
stay loaded and rolling. Vast differences between freight boards exist.
Why Eating While Driving a Truck Can Be Costly
you drive a truck professionally, get paid by the mile, and don't want
to eat? Here's why eating while driving can cost you...
Up Your Tractor Trailer; Truck Backing Situations
the most difficult maneuvers a professional driver can make is to back
or her rig safely. Let's look at different backing situations...
America Truck Stop, Little America, WY
following shower review was submitted by a professional truck driver of
facility at Little America Truck Stop, Little America, WY.(*) -----
questions to ask a recruiter when you are first time ever wanting to
are some if not many and important questions to ask recruiters when you
looking for a paid schooling first time cdl driving job. I will take any
Satisfaction for Truckers at Truck Stops and Beyond
truck drivers buy products and services, whether or not
stops, they expect customer satisfaction. What if they don't get it?
to Drive a Truck When These Situations Happen
you know that there are times or situations when a professional truck
must refuse to drive a truck? These are two of them...
a $50 fine keep some people out of the hammer lane?
comment on our Truck
it a shame that truckers who worked for
years and retired on a pension,
receive the pension benefits they thought they were going to receive?
this happened to you, how would you cope?
comment on our Budgeting
do you drive a truck with an AMT -- automated manual transmission?
so, would you please write a Product
the trucker 'failed to reduce his speed when traffic slowed down',
have been more at stake than brake failure?
he do a proper pre-trip inspection? Was he
possibly distracted moments
comment on our Preventive
is the solution to truckers being 'upset over pay, high fees and
regulations' in Florida?
comment on our Budgeting
some good reasons why not to evade tolls in your truck?
comment on our Truck
it always make you feel good when a wrongfully terminated trucker is
when he followed the law and got permission to make a change?
comment on our Truck
Earn More, Save More
A March 30, 2016, article stated that
- "One-third of Americans report they have no retirement savings" (33%); and
- Another "23 percent have less than $10,000 saved";
which adds up to 56% of Americans having less than $10,000 in retirement savings.
Have you started saving for
retirement? Are you satisfied with the amount of money you have saved for retirement?
If you're a professional truck driver,
if you're not making the kind of money you want from your trucking job, and
if you have off-duty time to start earning a second income (such as from the cab of your truck),
then you may want to take advantage of the information in the Second Income for Truckers E-Course.
Starting the wrong kind of business for you from the cab of your truck could prove costly in both time and money.
Learn everything you can from Second Income for Truckers E-Course today!
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Watch out for school buses and children around them.
To all of our readers who are professional truck drivers, we wish you
safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road!
Mike and Vicki Simons, Owners
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